1 without hope
VERBS appear, be, look, seem | become | remain
ADV. extremely, very Prospects for the industry are extremely bleak. | increasingly | unnecessarily The report paints an unnecessarily bleak picture of the town.
2 bare/empty/without pleasant features
VERBS be, look, seem The moors looked bleak and desolate in the rain. | become
ADV. very | a bit, rather It was a rather bleak and dismal place.